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Valle Central, or Central Valley, is a large expanse of Chile that is one of the most significant wine producing regions in South America. It starts with the Maipo Valley around Santiago, all the way to the Maule Valley. There are many different types of terroirs and microclimates within it, as well as styles of viticulture from old school to modern. 
 
Valle Central is divided into four subregions, from north to south (and warmest to coolest):
*Maipo, the country’s most historic region, planted since the 16th century and home to the country’s oldest existing wineries. Closest to the capital Santiago.
*Rapel Valley, home to the famous Colchagua and Cachapoal subregions. 
*Curico Valley, pioneered in the 1970s by Miguel Torres and his disciples of modern viticulture.
*Maule Valley, one of the most prolific wine-producing regions in all of South America.
 
Most wines labeled as Central Valley or Valle Central can come from anywhere within these subregions Read more »

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  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Very good report, Fox. Added to my 'need to try' list...Have to admit ... ... around in that part of the Central Valley (yes the Sierrra Foothils would be an ameliorating influence though perhaps not quite enough) all day with Dino's 'Amore' in my mind I'm not sure what method I'd choose, but all lethal items might need to be kept from my rea... Read More

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  • We're even with the Golden Gate and we haven't had much rain at ... ... being out of the woods, and the Central Valley has been draining the aquifer so quickly land is sinking, which will make it harder to refill the water table.  It's a huge mess.  I did notice as I drove through the Salinas Valley that the summer crops--lettuce, broccoli, ca... Read More

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  • I'm finally getting around to this.  Last week we spent a few days in the Central Coast.  I wanted to do a little wine tasting, and we headed over to Edna Valley.  For some reason Edna Valley seems to be the least appreciated AVA in the Central Coast region. I really don't get it.  There are several wineries there that offer terrific products at... Read More

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  • I said it a while ago to JD:  No golf courses that require artificial ... ... desert. Also, rice in the central valley.  Who thought of that?  Crazy. Now, back to the regularly scheduled thread.&nbs Read More

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  • Just returned from a quick trip to the Central Coast.  Visited Talley and Wolff in the Edna Valley.  Bought these:Talley Vineyards-- 2013 Bishop's Peak SLO County Pinot Noir-- 2013 Bishop's Peak Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc-- 2013 Bishop's Peak SLO County Chardonnay-- 2012 Bishop's Peak Paso Robles "Elevation" (Bordeaux Blend)-- 2013 Oliver's Vin... Read More

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  • Why did this thread get revived?Anyway, Marilyn Merlot is hardly the worst of stupid names and at least the bottle isn't offensive. One of the stupidest has to be Plungerhead, which supposedly was actually named after a long-time employee of the Sebastiani family with a similar name. But why would you want your wine to be associated with a plugg... Read More

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  • Depending on traffic, shipping grapes from up near Calistoga to Yountville could take 1/2 an hour or more.  Lots of grapes have to get trucked an hour or so, although it's far from the best thing.  Some winemakers will contract with someone closer or use a custom crush facility nearer the source--Bell does this with wines they make from Oregon g... Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... to produce large crops in the Central Valley. Sometimes they're included in anonymous box and jug wines but mostly they're just used to produce coloring, powdered tannins, etc. So when you have something like Earthquake Zinfandel, which is black, ripe, rich, and... Read More

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  • Stymie, my guess is that you did your shopping no more recently than the 1970s. ... content) probably grown in the Central Valley.  In that era the California wine industry was trying to distiguish itself.  At the same time European makers were trying to protect the geographic names of their wines.  You are right that California Sauterne was no... Read More

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  • Used to be a pretty well regarded "competition."  Both the paper and the competition have sunk, the competition more so because the paper was never better than mediocre.  The Chron lost its chance to be good when the Examiner folded.  Instead of picking up the good staff from the Ex, they fired their best reporters in a cost cutting move and pre... Read More

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